The Short Story 'The Interlopers'

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Many people desire to get something, and they fight each other to win their desire. They consider each other their enemies and do whatever it takes to be better than one another. When the enemies need help for same problem, they unite themselves to solve the problem. The short story “The Interlopers” by Saki is about unification and reveals how enemies become allies in harsh situations. Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym were enemies because Ulrich was the owner of the forest land, and Georg was trying to steal Ulrich’s forest land. They met in the middle of the forest and tried to kill each other. However, they were trapped by the huge tree that fell from a fiery storm. Waiting for their men to rescue them, Ulrich offered Georg a wine. Ulrich von Gradwitz told Georg Znaeym that if Ulrich’s men come faster than Georg’s men then Ulrich will tell the men to rescue George first, and that they have better things to do than “getting the better of a boundary dispute” (Saki 86). The quote shows that Ulrich wanted to be friends with Georg rather than fighting over who gets the forest land. Ulrich asked George to be his friend, and George accepted his request. Waiting for their men to come and help them, both wished that their private men would come first so they can be the “first to show honorable attention” to the other (Saki 87). The quote shows that both Ulrich and Georg wanted to prove that they are friends. Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym became allies from

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